Jack Black will Bailout Michael Winterbottom

Joins the genre-hopping director's latest comedy

Jack Black has signed on to star in Michael Winterbottom’s next comedy film Bailout .

The School of Rock man will star in the adaptation of Jess Walter’s novel The Financial Lives of The Poets as Matt Prior, a man who is crippled with debt after losing his job and convinced his wife is cheating on him.

That is until he meets two strangers at a supermarket who offer him an unusual business opportunity and a chance to save himself.

It’s another unexpected choice of project for Winterbottom, whose last outing was the controversial The Killer Inside Me , which gathered much publicity and negative press for the film's misogynistic violence.

It’s been a rough ride for Black too, since both of his recent big screen ventures, Gullivers Travels and 2009’s Year One, bombed at the box office.

However his future looks very bright with Kung Fu Panda 2 on the horizon, and he’ll also be reuniting with Gulliver ’s pal Jason Segel for the new Muppets movie due for release next year.

Shooting for Bailout begins in August.

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